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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Book Review: I Hope They Call Me on a Mission

Today I’m reviewing something a little different from my norm: a kid’s book! And an LDS kid’s book at that. It’s called I Hope They Call Me on a Mission, written by Benjamin Hyrum White (who was my seminary teacher in high school!) and illustrated by Corey Egbert.


If the title doesn’t give it away, this book is about LDS missionaries, designed namely for kids (I’d say ages five to twelve) who may be considering serving a mission.

(For those of you unfamiliar with LDS missionary work, it’s a service of about two years for young single adults to preach the gospel. It’s usually done out-of-state unless handicap prevents it, and the missionaries pay for all their expenses out-of-pocket. My husband served in Paris, France from 2007-2009. :D)

The book has a great format for the information: Missionaries [do this], plus a few lines of description. Enough to understand, not enough to bore. ;) It covers things kids don’t always hear about missionary work as well, such as exercise and rejection.

I really like the style of art for the book too—it’s very colorful and isn’t monotonous. I Hope They Call Me on a Mission depicts both male and female missionaries, as well as multiple nationalities, so it’s very diverse.

The book starts with a missionary sending a letter home to talk about what he does. The only slightly negative thing I could say about the book is that I wish the motif of the “letter to home” had been kept up through the pages more, and not just at the beginning.

All-in-all, I think it’s a cute and informative book that I’d be happy to share with my own kid.

I Hope They Call Me on a Mission is being sold at Costco, Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble, so go check it out!

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